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WATCH: PM Modi's Humble Gesture Wins Him Appreciation Of The Crowd At Ayushman Bharat Centre Launch

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:


  • PM Modi made a humble gesture in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur
  • At the inauguration of the first Ayushman Bharat healthcare centre, his gesture was appreciated by the attending crowd
  • Narendra Modi, who became the first Prime Minister to visit the tribal-dominated area, also launched a number of other projects

A touching moment was witnessed at the launch of the Ayushman Bharat healthcare centre in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, before his address at the scheme's launch, gave a pair of slippers to a woman from a tribal community.

In the video, the Prime Minister can be seen stepping forward with the slippers in hand. He doesn't just hand the footwear to her, but in a humble gesture, bends down and places them before her and then motions to her to place her feet. She then helps the Prime Minister out, as the appreciative crowd gives them a rousing round of applause.

"One can understand how difficult it is to roam in fields, farms and jungles. And with his own hands PM Modi is putting slippers on the feet of the mother and woman who is an example of this land", the commentator can be heard saying.

PM Modi was in Chhattisgarh to inaugurate the first health centre under the massive healthcare scheme, as well as the first phase of the Bastar Internet scheme under which a 40,000-km-long optical fiber network would be spread across seven districts in the state. 

Becoming the first Prime Minister to visit the tribal district of Bijapur, Narendra Modi also inaugurated a new rail line and a passenger train, and laid foundation stones for road and bridge projects worth over Rs 1,700 crore.

As per the government of India, Ayushman Bharat, or the National Health Protection Scheme, "will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. It will be will be rolled out across all States/UTs in all districts with an objective to cover all the targeted beneficiaries."

On the occasion of Ambedkar jayanti, the Prime Minister said, "the first phase of the Ayushaman India scheme has been launched and will attempt to make major changes to primary healthcare. In every major panchayat in the country, in around 1.5 lakh villages, sub-centres and primary health centres will be developed as Health and Wellness centres".